The drama of a daughter forced to be quarantined three blocks from her mother with cancer: “I’m afraid I can’t say goodbye”


Carmen, in one of the last video calls she made with her mother, Mirta.

Three blocks separate María del Carmen Seitz from Mirta, her mother, who at 49 he fights bone cancer It metastasized to the lungs and caused four tumors to appear on the head. Barely 300 meters that it cannot do because it is in quarantine, isolated for 14 days since Tuesday in a house that belongs to the parish of General Manuel Campos, a town of 1200 inhabitants that belongs to the Guatrache party, in La Pampa. To the pain and despair of the impending loss and the possibility of not being able to say goodbye to her, she joined the odyssey of a trip that took almost 20 days. I could only see her by video call, but in recent days the woman has deteriorated and that chance of communication is no longer possible.

In the summer, mother and daughter together. Mirta had a wig, because she was doing chemotherapy. Now Carmen wants to say goodbye
In the summer, mother and daughter together. Mirta had a wig, because she was doing chemotherapy. Now Carmen wants to say goodbye

“The reality is that she is very bad, Cancer continues to progress, worsens day by day. He found out about a year and a half ago when the metastasis occurred. He did chemotherapy in the capital, Santa Rosa, which is 180 kilometers away, because there is no hospital here, only a small room. But in the last two months everything started, tumors appeared, it deteriorated a lot. So much The doctors said that nothing could be done now, that he return home to be at peace. She is with my dad and my brothers, who take care of everything, because it is difficult for her to speak, she has few moments of lucidity, and she depends on others to eat, go to the bathroom, clean herself, everything…. AND Being so close, I’m afraid that I won’t be able to say goodbye to my mom. I came to that, I want to fulfill it and they won’t let me ”, tells the 21-year-old Infobae, who starred in a long and unfair journey to cross the 205 kilometers that separated her from Bahía Blanca, where she lives three years ago, in which she studied Clothing Design and works at a service station .

The first attempt to travel was made on July 3 with her boyfriend, Sebastián Prats, a 40-year-old accountant who took her in his car. “We decided that at least she could go to be with her mother at this difficult time,” Prats tells Infobae-. Something reasonable and necessary too. We traveled to the town of Darragueira, where Carmen would transfer to her brother’s car to complete the journey and be able to see his mother. Carmen’s father and Mirta’s life partner had just undergone hip surgery, he couldn’t come looking for her at that time ”.

Carmen with her boyfriend, Sebastián Prats, who tried to take her to La Pampa on July 3 and they kidnapped her green card and driving record
Carmen with her boyfriend, Sebastián Prats, who tried to take her to La Pampa on July 3 and they kidnapped her green card and driving record

On board the Corsa de Prats they left from Bahía Blanca and took route 35 towards Villa Iris. “I have two permits. One as a freelancer, for being an accountant. And another as an external advisor to a transport company. And my girlfriend has an address in General Campos, she never made the change. They stopped us at Villa Iris and told me that my permit expired. I processed the new online. And from there we went to Darragueira, I was wrong on the way, so we did several more kilometers… ”.

Due to communications problems, they were unable to speak to Gabriel, his girlfriend’s brother, to notify him of the delay. But in Darragueira -on Route 76, 22 kilometers from the border with La Pampa- and before meeting at the service station inside the town, they were arrested again. “We were told again that there was no chance of passing. I told them that I had to leave some pay stubs at the service station, but there was no case. The worst thing is that my car’s registration and green card were hijacked, and I still haven’t recovered them. My mother-in-law is dying. I did not want to make problems, I did not get rebellious or anything. The only thing I did was, since they did not want to sign the report they made me, take a photo of it. Also, I was wondering: if I had had the documentation on my cell phone, in the My Argentina application, would they have taken my phone away? ”

The report kept by Prats, where the kidnapping of the driving record and the ID of the car of Carmen's boyfriend, which happened on Route 76 in the Buenos Aires town of Darragueira, are recorded.
The report kept by Prats, where the kidnapping of the driving record and the ID of the car of Carmen’s boyfriend, which happened on Route 76 in the Buenos Aires town of Darragueira, are recorded.

Without papers, both returned to Bahía Blanca with the car. “When they stopped me at the entrance and I showed the police officers the record, they told me that it was crazy, that what they did was unconstitutional. But Carmen’s second trip was worse … ”, says Prats.

From that moment, the girl tried to process the “Return home” permit in La Pampa and thus meet her mother again. “Every time I called they told me they were late, that they didn’t know. Since they didn’t grant it to me I got the 24-hour permit for family assistance and with that I decided to travel ”, bill. Since Sebastián did not have the car papers or the registration, they hired a taxi. With him they would go to the border between the provinces of Buenos Aires and La Pampa on Route 35, and Juan, his father, would wait for her there.

Carmen today, in the house where she is isolated three blocks from where her mother lives
Carmen today, in the house where she is isolated three blocks from where her mother lives

However, when arriving at the place -a small white house with the La Pampa police shield in the middle of nowhere-, they kept her with her father. The man, who has a hip replacement placed recently, endured six hours in that situation and had to return to General Campos, located 70 kilometers from there. According to Sebastián, the police “were super empathetic and made several arrangements for him to enter. They told me that they do the swabbing to the truckers and not to them because they are afraid of running out of security force personnel. The problem was permission from Santa Rosa ”.

Finally, according to Prats, at 9 p.m. and after negotiations with Cinthia Zalabardo (from the Pampa Ministry of Health) and Rodrigo Ortíz (Secretary of Government), Carmen was able to leave “that immigration office” -as her boyfriend defines it- and get, by taxi, to her hometown. TO The parish house where she is staying to carry out the quarantine, her family brought her food and shelter. Now she hopes that a second miracle will be fulfilled and she will be allowed – in a humanitarian gesture and under all sanitary measures – to travel the three blocks that separate her from her mother and to say goodbye.

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